How to eat dessert in style

Last week's little pink plates flew away quickly, and today I have a very different set of plates: a full dessert service from about 1825. This is a complete service I have had my eyes on for several years... and I am thrilled that I recently had the opportunity to add it to my collection.

It was made by Ridgway and it is in the very popular cobalt blue, cream and gilt style with stunning hand painted flower bouquets. Every piece has a unique bouquet, painted with great skill by an accomplished painter. The shape is early Rococo Revival, still a bit Regency; there are beautifully moulded acanthus leaves and medaillon shapes, but it isn't quite as asymmetric and wild in its shapes as the dessert services of the 1830s and 1840.